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Spider and Ant (poem, & Scowcroft at B.U.)
22 Dec 2003
Poem, and some damning remarks that I heard from Brent Scowcroft's lips in Boston in 2001, how the US brought war to Iraq & Iran
Spider and Ant

Dutch fundamentalists called it the devil's eye.
Here in my living room the vacuum we call news
takes many forms: Times, Fox, the talking ass's head.

If the words weren't hollow, the story might be false. The vanity of Cheney's safe concrete ant-hill far
out-stinks this generated, televised Spider Hole.

So we dug our worn out tool from the earth
thirty years too late, Scowcroft and Albright's
long sad dumb design to plant three million souls.

It's hard, but the dead were "worth it". We gave
differential arms to fuel the killing, "with the
slight perturbation of Iran Contra" as Scowcroft said.

Twice a day I accelerate their boring liquid wealth
that can't stick to me. Each drop burns clean,
the bones pre-digested in a refinery somewhere.

Enough! Damage done, the ruin of a subject land.
Have another show trial and kiss it up to heaven.
Reeking fumes of diplomacy and war, Why don't you smell it?

War criminal Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor who crafted GW1, spoke at Boston University in 2001 on the 10th anniversary of that war. He remarked:

"fortunately, Congress was in recess at the time" so it was easier to sell the war.

"My greatest fear was that they would withdraw from Kuwait [prematurely, before we could launch our war]"

"[it was our assessment that Iraq was weaker, so we provided differential assistance] with the minor perturbation of Iran Contra"; in order to pit Iraq against Iran and do his best to ruin both, in the Iran-Iraq war.

I have my notes from the conference. Today, we should remember the 30 or 50 year history of how the United States did its best to grind down the Iraqi and Iranian people.

To set the frame, here's an article on Scowcroft's keynote appearance at BU, from the rather conservative student paper "The Bridge"

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